Our Grandfather, John (Hans) Dauwalder, trained as a master cheesemaker in Switzerland, and came to the United States in the 1920’s to display his artisan talents in a growing cheese market. After several successful years at the Bunker Hill Cheese Co-op, John decided to return to his hometown in Switzerland to further his romance with Lili Mueller. The two fell in love and were married in 1933.
In 1948, John and Lili, together with their two children, Peter, our Father and Marguerite, our Aunt, sold the family farm in Switzerland to join John’s Brother Crist in the United States. Crist had purchased Bunker Hill Cheese in 1935 and asked John to join him in building the family cheese business.
In 1962, our parents Peter and Nancy, who were married in 1955, acquired Bunker Hill Cheese. Today it is one of the premier cheese retailers east of the Mississippi River, and one of the most successful wholesale manufacturers serving clients throughout North America.
Our family business continues to be the primary outlet for the local farms in the region, now with daughters Lisa and LeeAnne at the helm. The relationship between the farmers and the Dauwalder family is personal, and together we are committed to continuing into the 21st century. We offer several types of delicious cheese! These include raw milk cheese, A2 cheese, and even lactose free cheese! Now you may even buy our cheese online!
Our history of providing delicious cheese has lasted a long time. Now, we can provide people all across the country with our cheese!
This would have been a dream come true for our original founder, our grandfather, John Dauwalder. To be able to sell cheeses to all parts of the country is an honor that we are sure to rise up to. So, stop by our shop and find your new favorite cheese!
Ready to get started with some mouthwatering and easy cheese recipes? Check out our latest blog post to learn more!
Looking for a great place to get away, relax and get back to a simpler time? Holmes County has lush rolling hills with widespread views of farmland and animals dotting the countryside. Spring and summertime brings planting and work horses plowing the field; during harvest you can see shocks of wheat and corn and gorgeous fall colors while winter dresses in blankets of snow. Heini’s Cheese Chalet is in the heart of Amish country but minutes away is great shopping, lodging, theaters and more!